Composites, honeycombs, functionally graded materials, and truss-based cellular solids destined for use in aerospace applications are designed, fabricated, and tested in the Lightweight Materials and Structures Laboratory. 

Lightweight Materials and Structures Laboratory

Composites, honeycombs, functionally graded materials, and truss-based cellular solids destined for use in aerospace applications are designed, fabricated, and tested in the Lightweight Materials and Structures Laboratory.

Student, faculty, and partner research projects are sustained by a variety of small scientific equipment and supplies, hand tools, chemicals, and work benches.  A collection of natural and synthetic cellular solids is prominently displayed in the space, which also supports the aerospace engineering structures and instrumentation laboratory course. 

Equipment in the laboratory includes:

  • High-temperature vacuum tube furnace
  • Hi vacuum diffusion pump
  • Drill press
  • Band saw
  • Sanding machine
  • Grit blast chamber